Margaret will serve as chair of English Partnerships for another three years from April 2005.

Margaret Ford has been reappointed as chair of the board of English Partnerships. Ford was appointed in April 2002 and has now been reappointed from April 2005 to serve a further three years.

Deputy prime minister John Prescott said: “Margaret Ford has done an excellent job in providing a new vigour and purpose to EP. She has raised EP’s public profile and turned it into an organisation fully committed to the delivery of the Sustainable Communities Plan.”

Ford is a former executive director of Scottish Homes, the national housing agency in Scotland.